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Los Angeles Galaxy Take U.S. Open Cup Title on Herculez Gomez Goal

CARSON, Calif. (Wednesday, Sept. 28) – The Los Angeles Galaxy won their second ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title at The Home Depot Center on Wednesday night with a 1-0 victory against FC Dallas.

Herculez Gomez put home the game-winner in the 25th minute with a beautifully executed side volley from 12 yards out as Chris Albright broke free of his defender near the touchline on the right side of the area and chipped a cross to the unmarked Gomez.

"Chris Albright played in a pretty great ball," Gomez said. "It was just sitting up there. This is what dreams are made of." 

Gomez has a chance to take the scoring title outright and give Los Angeles a 2-0 edge, but hit the left post after he had rounded Scott Garlick after intercepting a bad back pass.

The goal for Gomez was his sixth in the 2005 Open Cup, tying for the competitions top scoring honors for the year with Melvin Tarley of the Minnesota Thunder who also had six goals.

Los Angeles controlled most of the game, and at times forced FC Dallas goalkeeper Scott Garlick to keep his team in the game with acrobatic saves, ending up with six on the night.

This is the second Open Cup title for Los Angeles, also winning at home in 2001 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. The Galaxy take home the $100,000 prize as champion, while Dallas gets $50,000 as the runner up.

- 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Match Report -

Match-up: FC Dallas vs. Home Depot Center
Date:  September 28, 2005
Competition: 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Venue: The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Attendance: 10,000
Weather: 85 degrees, clear skies

Scoring Summary:     1       2       F
FC Dallas     0 0 0          
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 0 1

LAG – Herculez Gomez (Chris Albright)  25th minute.

LAG – 22-Kevin Hartman; 5-Chris Albright, 2-Todd Dunivant, 15-Ugo Ihemelu, 14-Tyrone Marshall; 10-Landon Donovan, 13-Cobi Jones, 8-Pete Vagenas, 99-Marcelo Saragosa; 16-Herculez Gomez (3-Michael Umana, 90), 18-Joseph Ngwenya (21-Alan Gordon, 90)
Subs not used: 29-Ednaldo da Conceicao, 11-Ned Grabavoy, 17-Guillermo Ramirez, 12-Troy Roberts
Head Coach: Steve Sampson

FCD – 1-Scott Garlick; 26-Clarence Goodson, 19-Bobby Rhine (5-Steve Jolley, 86), 21-Greg Vanney, 16-David Wagenfuhr; 12-Arturo Alvarez (25-Abe Thompson, 69), 11-Ramon Nunez, 6-Ronnie O’Brien (8-Oscar Pareja, 53), 3-Carey Talley (27-Aaron Pitchkolan, 53), 15-Mark Wilson; 9-Roberto Mina
Subs not used: 4-Chris Gbandi, 14-Drew Moor
Head Coach: Colin Clarke

Stats Summary: FCD LAG
   Shots  9 18  
   Saves 6 1
   Corner Kicks 8 6
   Fouls     23 16
   Offsides     0 4

Misconduct Summary:
DAL – Bobby Rhine (Caution)  9th minute
DAL – Clarence Goodson (caution) 59.
DAL – Mark Wilson (caution)  59.
LAG – Joseph Ngwenya   59.
LAG – Herculez Gomez   69.

Referee: Arkadiusz Prus
Senior Assistant Referee: Nathan Clement
Junior Assistant Referee: Kermit Quisenberry
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo

Man of the Match: Herculez Gomez

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